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Periyar is a National park and Wild life sanctuary situated in Thekkady, Idukki District.
Periyar is the wildlife sanctuary in kerala. Initially it was called Nellikkampatty game Sanctuary (inaugurated by Chithirathirunal Balarama Varma in 1934). It was renamed as Periyar WLS in 1950. The Sanctuary situates in Idukki, Kotayam, and Pathanamthita districts and the total area is about 925 sq. km.
Later in 1982, it's core zone of about 305 sq. km. is declared as Periyar National Park.
So Periyar is one among the 6 National parks, and one among the 18 Wild life Sanctuaries in kerala. Periyar is the largest WLS in kerala.
More over Periyar is a tiger reserve and an Elephant reserve.